Challenge for readers who admire architecture and bicycles.

Would you believe there are still architects around, who would find ways to hide bicycle parking? And where to from there? Hiding the people? Bicycles confer life upon buildings, a point I would like to embed in our thinking with a quick quiz. The reader who correctly identifies the most buildings here pictured (all basking in the wholesome glow of the bike) will have their blog, or their fine selves, featured in my reader of the week segment, the segment that launched Cycle-Chic, Bike Snob NYC, and Phil Liggett’s career.

I think you know what to do. Use the comments button below. Identify your good self. List them 1-10 in the order presented, and you get the prize! And now for some hints: I took all these photos myself, and the cities in which you will find each building are these:
1. Rotterdam, 2. Rotterdam also, 3. Boston, 4. Boston, 5. New York, 6. Florence, 7. Portland Oregon, 8. Chicago, 9. Boston, 10. Copenhagen. I shouldn’t think many will dare have a crack, so am guessing 3 right answers might just be enough for line honours.

12 Comments

  1. Anonymous says:

    architecture and bikes

    I’m glad you’re only looking for three! Number 3 is the Carpenter Centre; The one in portland (number 7) is the Portland Building by Michael Graves, and number 9 is the GSD (architecture building) at Harvard.

    • Steven says:

      Re: architecture and bikes

      Oh wow, expectations already met, though not yet exceeded πŸ™‚ Though I should say, recognizing that as the Carpenter Center is quite impressive! I guess next you’ll tell me you cycled there every day in your student years.

  2. Anonymous says:

    1. Rotterdam, Piet Blom’s Cube Houses (now Stayokay Hostel)
    2. Rotterdam also, De Bijenkorf (the beehive) – It’s in the photo!
    4. Boston, the Stata Center at MIT
    5. New York, 41 Cooper Square (by Thom Mayne)
    7. Portland Oregon, Portland Building (Portland Municipal Services Building)
    8. Chicago, that’s the Pritzker Pavillion (by Gehry), in Millenium Park. You video’d yourself there complaining about the lack of bicycles…and at the time I commented there’s a bike hire place behind the pavillion.

    (not sure if this LJ twitter comment thing’s working. I’m @bazzargh. Don’t know architecture except to look at – have been to some of these places, know some others from reading about them when they were built.)

    Ok some of these were a bit easy – as soon as I saw the list had Boston on it, I knew one of them was the Stata Center πŸ™‚ The last one in Copenhagen looks very familiar but when I was there I’d had far too much to drink. Ahem. Good times.

    • Steven says:

      I’ll admit, I’m aghast. For a gent of mild mannered appearance (beard, specs and helmet), you really do know your architectural landmarks, Professor Bazzargh. Bonus point for naming the architect of the Beehive in Rotterdam.
      And a hint regarding the Copenhagen example: it’s a 15min ride south from the city. Easily achieved with a skin full though: I did it routinely.

    • Anonymous says:

      I think that must’ve been my addled brain then, I was never that far south of the centre, except when I was at Kastrup airport.

      The Rotterdam Bijenkorf was a replacement designed by Marcel Breuer (designer of the Whitney in NYC), for the bomb damaged original by Dudok. Credit to wikipedia for that-I only stopped in Rotterdam to see De Kuip, which has some architectural merit, but also has football played inside…did go to the Whitney though.

    • Steven says:

      There’s a healthy mix of wikipedia and genuine knowledge there. It heartens me to know I have found a readership behooving of my best efforts!

  3. Anonymous says:

    Florence

    I have been beaten to the mark here but can add that No 6 is Ospedale Degli Innocenti in Florence.

    • Steven says:

      Re: Florence

      Oh wonderful work Vicki, and in Italian too! I would have just called it some orphanage from the olden days πŸ™‚ I’m sure you knew all the rest too.

    • Anonymous says:

      Re: Florence

      So do I get extra points for knowing the building’s name in Italian then?

    • Steven says:

      Re: Florence

      In my book Vicki, you are a hero, someone who knows both bikes and buildings. A rare confluence of superior tastes in the finest of finaries πŸ™‚ But our bearded bike touring friend Bazzargh deserves line honours I think. STILL, no one has picked that last building, in Copenhagen. Hint, the mosaic is of the architect.

    • Anonymous says:

      Re: Florence

      Dr B, thanks for recent world wide postings, the blog version of the Grand Tour. Splendid. I know I’m a bit behind here, but I hope I know the pixellated visage of Mr Ingels when I see it. Is number 10 the VM Building by BIG? Just come back from Copenhagen, but didn’t see it. Bah!

    • Steven says:

      Re: Florence

      remarkable! the VM building. You got it! Click the flattened VM icon just above 2005 on this page: http://www.big.dk/
      Next time you’re there, it’s worth the 15 minute ride south of town to Orestad, playground of the starchitects as I’ve heard it called.

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